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"What God Doesn't Bless, You Won't Love; What You Don't Love, The Child Won't Know" CD


Genre: experimental electronic, drone, post-rock

August 2007

Parlour's Connor Bell brings us this curiosity, a three-track tribute to both jazz musician Eric Dolphy and bird sounds. Using tiny, microsecond samples of Dolphy's work, Bell has crafted a beautiful, abstract soundscape that takes cues from post-rock, glitch, and drone music. What God Doesn't Bless... is the ultimate atmospheric record. Starting with a quiet six minute glitchy track, the record fades into its more jazzy piece, "W," which starts with instruments droning before moving into a dark, percussion-led post-rock/jazz piece reminiscent of Tortoise. Once this passes, the track dissolves into more drone overlaid with recorders mimicking birdsong. The birds disappear, and we get transported into the dark abstraction of "YDK," which is heavy on bass and leaves the listener in an introspective, unsettled state. The album closes in the same dark tone, leaving its audience stunned and in a vaguely hopeless mood. What God Doesn't Bless is, in all, a fully mesmerizing journey - but it requires good speakers and an open-minded listener to fully take flight.

mp3 (from GB


youuuuuuuutube!: a brief live clip of "the rope"

Fun Fact: The album's three tracks are named "GB", "W", and "YDK". Any ideas?

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 3 tracks, 39:02, distributed by the label, released 2006]